I offer two distinct services.
Please read about each to decide which is right for you:
⊳ Parent Coaching: customized tools, strategies and support for parents of 2 to 12-year-olds
⊳ Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy: skill‑focused treatment for you and your anxious 6 to 12-year-old
Welcome to my site
I am a Clinical Psychologist, Parent Coach, and author of popular self-help books for kids. I am also an educator, public speaker, and parent of a once-anxious child.
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Something Bad Happened:
A Kid's Guide to Coping With Events in the News
To meet the unique demands of the present moment, Jessica Kingsley Publishers has temporarily expanded its permissions policy to make available books that are uniquely poised to help children cope with the Covid-19 pandemic.
Something Bad Happened: A Kid's Guide to Coping With Events in the News is one such book, guiding 6 - 12 year olds and the adults who care about them through conversations about serious world events. Fear, sadness and worry are normalized, and coping skills taught with the aim of preserving feelings of safety, optimism and strength.
Please listen to this 39-minute author-reading a few chapters at a time, with your child. Keep drawing and writing supplies on hand as children will be encouraged to pause the recording to draw, write and talk about what they are hearing.
Something Bad Happened does not talk in a specific way about the current pandemic, leaving decisions about what and how much to tell children entirely in the hands of parents. Instead, this book walks children through the process of learning about and coping with scary things in the news: calming your brain; gathering accurate information; identifying helpers; dealing with feelings; and doing something positive to feel stronger, more hopeful, and more connected to the good that exists in the world.
Be well. Stay safe. And if you find this video helpful, please share it with others who might benefit.
New Thoughts on an Old Idea
Talking Back to Worry
Practical and engaging, these award-winning books guide children and their parents through the cognitive-behavioral techniques used to treat anxiety, anger, negative thinking and more. Lively, humorous and immediately usable, each book presents new ways of thinking while giving step-by-step instructions that empower children to work towards change.
In addition to public speaking for groups of parents, educators and professionals, I am frequently interviewed by journalists, bloggers, radio hosts and others in the media about kids and mental health.
I interviewed Dr. Huebner recently for a news story. What a find! She was incredibly knowledgeable, and her on-camera skills were the best I've seen. In 15 minutes I had more sound bites than I could use.
might be for you if...
✶ You are concerned about your 2 - 12 year old, and want help understanding how to turn things around
✶ You want information and support to better manage a specific problem, or set of problems
✶ You would like to help your child learn to manage feelings more effectively and behave more appropriately
Parenting can be wonderful. It can also be exhausting, exhilarating, maddening, baffling, and surprising.
This section has a collection of tips and tricks to help you handle the toughest, and most common, parenting challenges. Dip into these short pieces for advice on everything from sensory challenges to effective reward systems.
When children learn about something BIG and BAD — even when they hear only bits and pieces — their brains get busy trying to make sense of it.
Where did it happen?
Why did it happen?
Will it happen again?
Something Bad Happened guides children ages 6 to 12 and the adults who care about them through tough conversations about serious world events, from environmental threats to human tragedies. Care is taken to use the non-specific term “bad thing” throughout, helping parents retain control over which events to talk about, and how much information to provide.
Did you know that worries are like tomatoes? No, you can't eat them, but you can make them grow, simply by paying attention to them. If your worries have grown so big that they bother you almost every day, this book is for you.
What to Do When You Worry Too Much is an interactive self-help book designed to guide 6 - 12 year olds and their parents through the cognitive-behavioral techniques most often used in the treatment of generalized anxiety. Metaphors and humorous illustrations make difficult concepts easy to understand, while prompts to draw and write help children to master new skills related to reducing anxiety.
Complete Book List
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Re-thinking Anxiety (TEDx 2015)
We are hard-wired to shrink away from things that might hurt us. That’s a good thing, fighting, fleeing or freezing in the face of danger. But anxiety is about perceived danger, very different from actual danger, and over-responding leads to problems of its own.
Re-thinking Anxiety (TEDx 2015) describes my path into this work, and gives tips on how to face fear instead of running away. Watch Re-thinking Anxiety (TEDx 2015) now.